Audi has set a big goal with the unveil of the Lunar Quattro as the German based automaker will land on the Moon in 2017 and explore it.
Audi and a handful of German engineers, called the “Part-Time Scientists”, have teamed up in order to create this new Lunar Quattro. The model in question is a vehicle which will be used to explore the surface of the Moon in a couple of years as the car manufacturer will be competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE with it.
“The concept of a privately financed mission to the moon is fascinating,” says Luca de Meo, Audi Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “And innovative ideas need supporters that promote them. We want to send a signal with our involvement with the Part-Time Scientists and also motivate other partners to contribute their know-how.”
If everything will go as planned, the new Audi Lunar Quattro will be blasted into space in 2017 for a 380,000 km trip to the Moon. It will descend and land near the original Apollo 17 landing site which was the last visit to our natural satellite. The Google Lunar XPRIZE will be won if the vehicle will successfully land on the Moon and explore it for at least 500 meters. The team will also transmit HD videos and images to Earth. The Audi Lunar Quattro has been created using aluminum and it has a lithium-ion battery and an adjustable solar panel. It is being powered by four electric motors, allowing a top speed of 3.6 km/h (2.2 mph). The one-off vehicle is also equipped with two stereoscopic cameras and a scientific camera.